Tom DeLonge reveals his favourite blink-182 album
There’s nothing quite as heartwarming as seeing friends reunited. Especially when it’s Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge, when the former blink-182 and current Angels And Airwaves man appeared on his old bandmate’s After School Radio podcast.
In the lengthy chat, the pair touch on many topics, including which blink album is Tom’s all-time favourite.
“God, there’s so many great things about all of them,” he told Mark. “Obviously [there’s] the Untitled album, the sense of the exploration musically that we did there… But I’ve also got to say, when we did Enema [Of The State, 1999], it was like, I knew that we were doing something in the moment that hasn’t been done before.
“But I also feel like, you go back to when you wrote Dammit [from 1997’s Dude Ranch], I remember I felt I went through a college course on songwriting. I never really thought of a song as such a simple structure, and it really informed a lot of decisions made later.”
Elsewhere in the chat, Tom told Mark the things that he admired the most about him.
“You have no idea how many Mark Hoppus stories I’ve been telling people since I did Monsters, the movie,” he said. “We did these all night shoots that were exhausting. You start at 6:00 and don’t end ’til 6:00 in the morning. So I’m telling you, at 3:00, 4:00 in the morning, every time you cut, people are getting tired. You have special effects people, actors, lights… sometimes there’s 40 people on set. And so I start telling old Mark stories to make everyone laugh, just old blink stories like some of the funnier shit that you’ve done. So it’s funny because I’ve been telling them, and I haven’t stopped, and for some reason I even said it probably about a couple months ago, I was telling someone, ‘I keep telling Hoppus stories anytime I’m in a social gathering.’
“But on a more serious note, besides just your humour, I think like when you decide to get into gardening, you go deep, or you get into fishing, or you get into World War II, and all these things I’ve watched you get into over the years,” he continued.
“Scuba diving – ‘Well, I’ll be a master scuba diver.’ You just go deep on these things, but you retain the knowledge and you do it in such a way that when you describe it, it’s really interesting, and you trim all the fat. Me, on the other hand, when I describe something, I’m all passionate and I’m all over the place. You, you describe it like a scientist that learned the ins and outs of it. And I really admire that.“
You can listen to the whole podcast here.
In other DeLonge news, Angels And Airwaves have just released Losing My Mind, the latest single from their forthcoming LIFEFORMS album, due on September 24.
Explaining the song, he said,“I wanted to write a song about a totally insane idea that would never happen, like, what if our own country was being torn apart by racists, a pandemic, and domestic terrorism, but all at the same time… you know, just normal made up shit that would never happen.”
Catch Angels & Airwaves on tour across North America this autumn and in Europe next spring.
Angels & Airwaves tour 2021/2022
29 Riverside, CA, Riverside Municipal Auditorium
30 San Francisco, CA, Warfield
02 Portland, OR, Edgefield Concerts on the Lawn
03 Seattle, WA, Showbox SODO
05 Salt Lake City, UT, Union
06 Denver, CO, Filmore
08 Minneapolis, MN, Skyway
10 Detroit, MI, Filmore
12 Newport, KY, Ovation
13 Nashville, TN, Marathon Music Works
15 Oxon Hills (DC), MD, MGM National Harbor
16 Columbus, OH, Express Live
17 Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom
19 Phi, PA, Franklin Music Hall
20 Boston, MA, House Of Blues
22 Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE
23 New York, NY, Hammerstein
24 Norfolk, VA, NorVA
26 St. Petersburgh, FL, Janus Live
27 Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live
28 Atlanta, GA, Tabernacle
30 Dallas, TX, South Side
31 Austin, TX, ACL Live
01 Houston, TX, House Of Blues
03 Phoenix, AZ, Van Buren
05 Los Angeles, CA, The Palladium
07 San Diego, CA, Soma
10 Leeds, UK, O2 Academy
11 Birmingham, UK, O2 Academy
12 Manchester, UK, Academy
13 Glasgow, UK, O2 Academy
15 Nottingham, UK, Rock City
16 Bristol, UK, O2 Academy
17 London, UK, O2 Kentish Town Forum
20 Paris, FR, Le Trianon
22 Munich, GER, Tonhalle
23 Berlin, GER, Huxleys
25 Koln, GER, E Werk
27 Hanover, GER, Capitol
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